What are the important events that happened on February 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
February 28: Facts & Myths About This Day
February 28 is the 59th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 15, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,677,542,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontaenneagon’ day.
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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 347 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,721 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 28 Historical Events
The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
The first Gulf War ends.
A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
Who were born on February 28?
Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
Win Aung, Burmese politician
Mark Latham, Australian politician
Colin Cooper, English footballer
Adam Pine, Australian swimmer
Who died on February 28?
King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
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